Solicitors and Legal Executives can apply to become members of the Law Society’s Specialist Panels which were set up to ensure consistency of service and professionalism.
Membership of the Law Society’s Children Law Accreditation Scheme (also known as the Children’s Panel) means that lawyers have been assessed by the Law Society and shown that they have, and can maintain, a high standard of knowledge and skill in representing adults and children under the Children Act 1989 be it in private practice or working for a local authority.
Members must have significant experience in dealing with matters under the Children Act. This includes providing advice and representation for:
- Children in all types of family matters, including care proceedings, or where they have been made a party to private law proceedings;
- Adults (including parents, other relatives and carers) where children are ‘at risk’ or have been taken into care by the Local Authority;
- Local Authorities, in care proceedings under the Children Act 1989.
The Children Law Accreditation Scheme provides a recognisable quality mark. The expertise of the members are independently and rigorously assessed every three years.